The week in bets: Bettor goes all-in on Dallas Mavericks to make history

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks look to stave off elimination against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

David Purdum gives a quick glance at some of the most notable bets and sports book storylines from the past week.


No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series. A bettor in Nevada is invested in the Dallas Mavericks becoming the first.

Caesars Sportsbook reported taking a $50,000 bet Tuesday on the Mavericks to come back and win the Western Conference Finals over the Golden State Warriors.

If the Mavericks become the first team to erase a 3-0 deficit, the bettor would win a net $1.5 million.

"This is easily one of the ballsiest wagers I've ever seen," Craig Mucklow, vice president of trading at Caesars Sportsbook, said in a company release. "There have been 3-0 comebacks in other sports, but not the NBA. If the Mavericks pull this off, this bettor will also be a part of history with one of the largest payouts ever for an NBA wager."

But the bettor wasn't finished. According to Caesars, the same customer also placed a $10,000 bet on the Mavericks to win the NBA title at 75-1 odds. Caesars wasn't the only sportsbook to report big bets on the Mavs. DraftKings on Tuesday reported taking a $420,000 bet from a customer in Arizona on Dallas to cover the 1-point spread heading into Game 4.

PGA Championship

Rufus Peabody, a professional bettor, tweeted a screenshot of a $500 bet he made Sunday on Mito Pereira to win the PGA Championship at 300-1 odds at Circa Sports. The bet would've paid $150,000. Pereira, leading by one, hit his tee shot in a creek on 18 and made double bogey that eliminated him from a playoff with Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris. "Well, that hurt," Peabody posted, along with the screenshot of his bet.

Thomas was 250-1 to win the tournament midway through his round at sportsbook PointsBet. A bettor put $200 on him at that price and won $50,000, when Thomas prevailed over Zalatoris in the playoff.


Last week, an Arizona bettor placed a $25,000 bet on the Philadelphia Phillies to win the NL East at +850 odds with Caesars Sportsbook. The bet would win a net $212,500. The Phillies begin this week eight games back of the New York Mets.


Caesars Sportsbook has posted lines on every NFL game for the upcoming season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team currently favored in every game, while the Houston Texans are the only team that's an underdog in every game. The largest current point spread is in the Week 2 matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons. The Rams are 13.5-point home favorites over the Falcons.